DEI Foundations: Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Class in Higher Education

Last updated July 28, 2021

DEI Foundations: Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Class in Higher Education

Last updated July 28, 2021

Learn the impact that students across different socioeconomic backgrounds have on their overall collegiate experience.

Overview

As faculty and staff, it’s essential to be aware of the dynamics that we create on our campuses and how that impacts our students across different socioeconomic backgrounds. Oftentimes, students with diverse SES or class backgrounds are not considered when developing programs, norms, or other collegiate experiences, which then perpetuate inequitable experiences for them.  If we can shift the conditions and climate for our students so there are not any assumptions about class status, then we can allow our students to access any experience similarly regardless of their social capital. 

This course will take a foundational approach to help you: 

  • Define SES/Class and intersectionality, 
  • Understand SES/Class in the context of higher education, 
  • Understand implications for not considering SES/Class in your work,
  • Debunk myths about SES/Class, 
  • Shift your thinking about SES/Class and, 
  • Reflect on your own SES/Class identities. 

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about socioeconomic/class status within a higher education setting.  This course is most beneficial to anyone unfamiliar with the impact that SES/class status has within the context of higher education. 

This course is part of our foundational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series––an intentional collection of personal development and skill building trainings––which provide education and awareness-building, self-reflection, and next steps.